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21st Sep, 2021

Solihull residents asked to comment on parliamentary boundary changes

Sarah Mason 7th Jul, 2021

SILHILLIANS are being urged to comment on plans for three MPs to represent the borough under parliamentary boundary changes.

Solihull borough is currently represented by two MPs in Parliament, Julian Knight for Solihull and Saqib Bhatti for Meriden.

However, these constituencies exceed the permitted electorate range which the Boundary Commission for England (BCE) have set out to even up as some constituencies across England have a higher population than others.

In doing so the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543.

The BCE proposes to extend the Birmingham Hodge Hill constituency to take in the Solihull borough wards of Castle Bromwich and Smith’s Wood.

They also suggest to move the existing Solihull constituency wards Elmdon and Silhill into the Meriden constituency.

It is also proposed that Blythe ward, which is currently in the Meriden constituency, will be moved to the Solihull constituency.

Residents are being asked to take part in an eight-week consultation which will form part of the Commission’s final recommendation set to be presented to Parliament by July 2023.

The deadline for the current consultation is August 2 and comments are being welcomed on anything from where the proposed new boundary lines are, to the names of the constituencies.

There are plans for two more rounds of consultation next year.

Visit www.bcereviews.org.uk to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries and provide feedback.

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